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Smart planning, creative development and contemporary design will be the formula for success as Denver continues to grow and attract new businesses and residents.  Now is the time for developers to bring groundbreaking and creative ideas to their projects. The future of the city demands it. The city is currently on a steep growth curve, with scores of cranes hovering above the metro skyline. It would be a shame to look back on all of today’s new projects 10 years from now and feel that developers failed. By Stephen Dynia

 
After overseeing several years of frenetic growth, Brian Thomas is working on how to properly scale the business to accommodate that growth and ensure that growth will continue in the years ahead.Thomas, the CEO of smartphone case maker OtterBox, was the company’s sixth employee in 2003, just a few years after its founding in 1998. Today he’s the head of a company with 1,000 employees. Thomas and OtterBox rode the wave generated by the iPhone and other smartphones during the past decade. By Mike Dano
 

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The year is 2027, and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level. Owners have wide latitude in the amount of autonomy they can grant their bots when it comes to decision-making, and spending authority is always the one given most attention. By Tom Frey



 
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Today, we are seeing the next shift in employee benefits. Following the enacting of the Affordable Care Act and the growth in robust consumer-directed health care plans and Health Savings Accounts, the defined contribution (DC) model is gaining ground with many employers. Technology has also sped along the process as DC platforms via private exchanges have become available as well as web-based tools to help employers and employees better utilize the exchanges. By Dennis Triplett

 
Hercules is privately owned and currently counts around 360 employees. It operates four manufacturing facilities and 12 sales and distribution centers in the region. The company has been owned and operated by the Newland family since it was founded, and today William Newland is transitioning ownership to his son, Andrew, after taking over the business from his father, William, the company’s founder. Hercules has worked to streamline its business to best meet customers’ needs. Today Hercules is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of air ducts and processors of “flat sheets” for HVAC systems. By Mike Dano
 

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Mary Sherman started making biscotti for her friends and family in the late 1990s, and turned pro in 2008. “They’re not necessarily your traditional biscotti,” she says. “I use a different liqueur in each variety. They’re artisan.” This makes for varieties like the best-selling Frangelico Chocolate Toffee Chunk and Raspy Blues (with Chambord and blueberries). By Eric Peterson



 
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We work hard to nurture an understanding of company culture and expectations, we are able to trust our employees to do the right thing. This behavior is peer-rewarded, leadership-recognized and privy to some pretty unique benefits. If (on the other hand) employees don’t live up to these expectations, then we need to recognize that and take action: We need to decide whether they have the right seat on the bus or whether they are on the wrong bus altogether. If the latter, then that person needs to be let go (something that has been historically hard for us). By Erin Gibbs

 
As we get into the later stages of the recovery, we believe correlation among stocks will fall, and that makes finding a manager that can make - has a history of making good stock selection more important and to have a better opportunity to add value in a portfolio, so favoring stock pickers. We also tend to favor midcap or small- and midcap with the emphasis on midcap names to do better at this stage of the market cycle. If you look at the year-to-date numbers, midcaps are leading the way over small caps and large caps. So that appears to be playing out. By Todd Hauer
 

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Let’s get this out of the way now: Your name is not Johnny Alamo and my name is not Johnny Alamo and that is simply the unfairness we must accept. On the flipside, there is a real Johnny Alamo, who once made a living as a professional freestyle-skier, worked side-by-side with legendary filmmaker Warren Miller, and now spends his time as a sports marketing specialist. By Stewart Schley



 
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What is good for Tesla isn't necessarily good for everyone else. There are no doubt dozens if not hundreds of small – even tiny – companies across the country trying to develop new motor and battery technologies often funded by angels and venture capital. Do you think the founders and employees of these companies would toil to create the proverbial better mouse trap or that the angels would invest millions if the companies couldn't prevent the resulting inventions from being used by the major industry players? By Kurt Leyendecker

 
The real estate franchise company celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Denver-based firm, founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, has grown to 94,000 agents in 95 countries. But some people don’t realize the Colorado company is that large, says CEO Margaret Kelly. “My favorite question is, ‘Are you in all 50 states?’” she says. “Friends email me photos of RE/MAX signs and they write, ‘I see you here!’” It is indeed a worldwide business, with 6,400 offices, most owned by franchisees. The company went public last year, with an initial public offering that Kelly calls a huge undertaking. By Nora Caley
 

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What’s the value of a human life? For some of you, this is a very disconcerting question, because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways. But that is exactly what governments and businesses find themselves doing on a daily basis. Every time an insurance company calculates their premiums, militaries plan their budget or juries calculate an award, the value of human life is a central part of the decision. By Tom Frey



 
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Serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed believes massive debt incurred by college students hinders their career development and future education options, ultimately depriving the country the full use of some of its brightest minds. He’s one of the driving forces behind the STEM Learning Center at Innovation Pavilion, set to debut in Centennial this fall with the aim of preparing students for the work force or to start their own companies right out of high school. By Mike Taylor

 
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Tim, a single executive with a social media company, was too busy in his new career to bother about an estate plan.  That’s for married folks, he’d said. Gwen, a flight attendant who is single and thinking about retiring, laughs when she hears people talk about estate planning. Who’s rich enough for an estate? Henry, who has lived with his partner Todd for years, never thought about what would happen to Todd financially after Henry’s death. All three of these singles are going on faulty assumptions about who needs to plan for their estate. By Herb White
 

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Fatigue and overtraining don’t strike just elite athletes. Recreational athletes are actually the population most vulnerable for overtraining. Many recreational athletes become “competitive” athletes with the same overtraining features as elite athletes. Elite athletes have experts to help them avoid overtraining. Recreational athletes are on their own. By the Vail Vitality Center



 
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An individual that acts as an entrepreneur within an organization: an intrapreneur. A person employed at a company who seeks to implement his/her creative ideas to advance the business. Many companies have a handful of them in house, but those in leadership positions might not recognize the traits of an intrapreneur, or know how to utilize their talents to the company’s advantage. Because intrapreneurs are always looking to do their own thing, they won’t stick around for very long if they go unnoticed or unchallenged. A perfect example: Nest. By John Basso

 
It’s been seven years since the University of Colorado Hospital moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus, leaving its location at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as a prime spot for redevelopment. Time and again, developers have tried to buy the property and launch a project, but market conditions and neighborhood opposition have thwarted those efforts. Now, however, an all-star team led by Continuum Partners has the 41-acre site under contract for $30 million in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year. Since the University of Colorado Board of Regents selected the team in February, it’s completed its due diligence and has been refining plans for the property. By Margaret Jackson
 

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Increasingly, companies that rise to the top have been driven by something more: a greater purpose — whether it’s providing jobs, improving lives, protecting the environment, fostering stronger human connections or some alternative higher aim — and the money has followed. That much was evident from the nominations submitted for ColoradoBiz's 27th annual Top Company Awards, arguably Colorado’s most competitive and rigorously judged program of its kind. By Gigi Sukin



 
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The leader serves? The power is with the followers to determine whom they choose to follow willingly? It was a mind-flip that has stayed with me to this day. Directing people results in begrudging compliance. There is little commitment or engagement from them. Serving people leads to willing followership. I have spoken to many others about servant leadership for years, written and conducted workshops on the subject, most recently for over 100 leaders from all walks of life. Servant leadership is a powerful leadership philosophy. It is not the full and complete answer to such a complex subject, but it is a practice that may change your leadership perspectives too. By Bob Vanourek

 
I’m an inherent optimist. Example: “I heard there’s a recession; however, I have decided not to participant in it.” My dose of realism adds that I’m not advocating in both business and sales you put your head in the sand and hope you survive it. Hope is not a strategy. Acknowledge that it has been a challenge out there – so what?  Odds are, it might be a challenge for some time for some sectors of the economy. What do you do then with that reality? Is the glass half full – there are still plenty of prospects in this economy to still call on and I just need to go find them? Or is it, "No one is buying so why bother prospecting?" By Gary Harvey
 

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Colorado’s mountain resorts made the news last winter for reasons unrelated to snowfall; instead, Kaiser Health News reported that a four-county region – from Breckenridge to Vail, and from Aspen to Glenwood Springs – had the highest health-insurance costs in the country. It wasn’t a shock. Aspen and Vail have some of the highest real estate prices in the world. Why would insurance be different? By Allen Best



 
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Ecosphere Environmental Services owner and President Mike Fitzgerald talks about what made his company a Top Company winner for 2014. Read more about Ecosphere.

Dr. Kenneth Weiner, co-founder and CEO of Eating Recovery Center, talks about why his company is a 2014 ColoradoBiz Top Company. Read more about it.


 
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Although at first it might seem desirable to create a business environment without friction, it’s a big mistake. Without friction, issues go unresolved because feathers might get ruffled, people avoid hard decisions because someone might lose, folks don’t give honest feedback, and the block of wood never becomes a piece of art. The most effective companies I’ve consulted with, the most efficient boards of directors I’ve served on and the most successful organizations I’ve led all had lots of friction. The most productive executives whom I coach know how to optimize friction, not minimize it. By Todd Ordal

 
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the nation’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence.  The program was established 1987 to help jumpstart the economy and give the country a much-needed boost in recognizing those organizations that were doing well in their respective industries. Organizations applying at the national level must first participate in their state/regional performance excellence programs. Colorado’s program, in its 13th year, has evolved to include the states of Wyoming and Montana and is called the RMPEx (Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence) program.  By Triche Guenin
 

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Seven years after the former Fitzsimons Army post was redeveloped as a hub for health care, education and research, the campus is doing exactly what it was created to do: breeding companies based on research developed at the hospitals and school on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Located on one square mile at Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street in Aurora, the campus is a critical engine to Colorado’s economy with an economic impact of $2.6 billion annually. By Margaret Jackson



 
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They say that public speaking is scarier than death for most people. Standing up and putting yourself on the line is so intimidating most won't even try it. Teleprospecting can feel the same.  Picking up the phone to interrupt a total stranger's day with a proposition that you work together is completely counterintuitive for anyone who wants a comfort zone in his or her work. Worse yet is the notion that picking up the phone is "easy"—according to bosses who don't do it any more, if they ever did try cold calling at all. By Sam Dobbins

 
We’ve never really had the benefit of tapping into an idea archive in the past, so this will be unchartered territory for the world ahead. It will also be a breeding ground for sparking new epiphanies. Every new business that gets launched happens as a result of an epiphany. Similarly, every new product idea happens as a result of an epiphany. For this reason, when it comes to solving some of the world’s biggest problems, it’s in our best interest to create new epiphanies faster, better and cheaper than ever before. And libraries can become the catalysts for these liquid networks of the future. By Tom Frey
 

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Specialty food company owner Clay Meers had a hankering for hot sauce his whole life. When Meers and his wife, Tamara, were dating, she carried a bottle of hot sauce in her purse just in case. Now they’re saucy business partners at Yampa Valley Sauce Co., based out of Steamboat Springs. The Meers’ path is a scenario often duplicated, said Dawn Thilmany, professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University. A personal passion-turned-specialty- product is a pattern that new food producers in Colorado follow more than 80 percent of the time. By Suzie Romig



 
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Robin Williams was not alone when it comes to experiencing the dark prison of the mind that plagues thousands of people every day. Whether it is prescription-induced, situational trauma or hormonal imbalance, our mental and biological systems often walk hand and hand into health and wellness or mental and physical breakdown. There are many factors involved that produce the perfect storm called depression. As an optimistic person by nature, I was out of my realm when the dark giant of depression stepped in on the scene; I tried everything from medication to natural remedies for relief. By Lauren Miller

 
The trusty travel guide – the paper variety – is at a crossroads. Take the case of Google buying Frommer’s Travel Guides in 2012. The search giant immediately quashed the model of regularly updated paper books, but within a year sold off the longstanding brand back to its namesake founder, Arthur Frommer, who started writing travel guides in the 1950s. Where dead-tree guidebooks are waning, mobile travel apps are proliferating. The question is, can they improve on the printed page? By Eric Peterson
 

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Unlike our not-so-distant-past, the world’s most important information is no longer solely in books. Whenever a great idea forms in our head, we look for a place to put it. Is it something useful, that we can turn into a product, add to a document, tell to our friends, include in a presentation, or attach with magnets to the front of our refrigerator? Ideas, much like parasites, need a host. If we don’t manage to gaff them before we slip into our next stream of consciousness, they will be forever lost. Without a host, these squirming little idea-fish will have a very limited shelf life. By Tom Frey



 
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Do you talk too much? I do – it’s one of my weaknesses. I often try to make my point by giving examples and telling stories. I’m not afraid to be wrong so often I’ll toss out and idea and talk through it. I don’t go so far as to “think out loud” like some people I work with, but I regularly find myself talking too much and have to consciously ratchet it back to listen. There’s an old Irish proverb “God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we ought to listen twice as much as we speak” that is useful to consider in the context of being a mentor. My friend Matt Blumberg reminds me of this regularly and any great salesman knows that the ability to listen is a very powerful sales tool. By Brad Feld

 
Four Winds Interactive is known for its digital signs that help meeting-goers make their way around hotels, but CEO David Levin says the company does much more. “For our digital signage product there are thousands of different uses,” he says. In fact, hospitality is only one third of FWi’s business. The company also provides digital signs and software in 700 colleges for student communication networks, 20 hospitals for patients and visitors, and flight information for American Airlines in 10 major airports. By Nora Caley
 

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From corner to corner of Colorado, the collective startup swagger is evident. Businesses are materializing with support from meet-ups, pitch competitions, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and other startup forums. In particular, four Front Range cities with a unified vision of expanding entrepreneurship have developed separate but complementary startup-centric weeklong events, complete with networking, information dumps and celebrations for bold businesspeople to learn, share and get inspired.  By Gigi Sukin



 
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Many times, there is a big gap between knowledge and translating that knowledge into action. This is the much written about topic of the knowing-doing gap. People resolve to change their behaviors. Quite often, little or no action is taken. They revert to their old patterns. They know what they need to do but don’t do it. It is like losing weight. Everyone on the planet knows how to lose weight. Just eat less and move more. But few actually succeed because knowing how to eat and exercise right is much harder than taking consistent action to eat and exercise right. When knowing and doing are combined, the results are powerful. By Liz Wendling

 
Founded in 1982, Durango-based Ecosphere Environmental Services specializes in environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting, public outreach and participation, and environmental planning and monitoring. Ecosphere provides professional environmental consulting solutions and expert regulatory guidance to a variety of clients across the Four Corners region, and in the last five years has extended its client base across the western U.S. By Mike Dano
 

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Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to drive the 2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport, a test drive that I had anticipated with much enthusiasm. I was completely disappointed, mostly because of cheap interior and excessive road noise. Recently, I had the opportunity to drive the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and again I was enthusiastic.  I spent the test-drive week very impressed (with a couple reservations), and then upon further examination, I got confused. By Jeff Rundles



 
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Ecosphere President Mike Fitzgerald talks about what made his company a Top Company for 2014. Read more about Ecosphere. 

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What so many business owners in Denver don’t realize about DIY website design tools is that they can go beyond convenience and actually empower a small company. By controlling a site yourself, you also have final say on a company’s branding – you get to be as quirky or vanilla as you want to be, without having to deal with misguided advice from someone who doesn’t know your business nearly as well. Taking the reins and building our own site has allowed us to focus more resources on things like building staff, planning events and staying connected with our neighbors, both in the city and within our small business community. By Rachel Hoffman

 
Is our system for creating new jobs a “self-organizing complex system?” Will our exponential systems compensate for declining birthrates? Will our growing levels of awareness compensate for our growing levels of fragility? Will the “power of one” compensate for our overprotected “Nerf Generation?” In many cases yes, but not always. Are people spotting and responding to the opportunities in ways where the future will somehow take care of itself? Or do we need to send something similar to the “Triple Revolution” letter to the U.S. president warning him/her of the trials ahead? By Tom Frey
 

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There is something like $1.2 trillion – yes, with a “T” – in outstanding student loan debt in this country, and the number is rising precipitously. At the same time the cost of college has risen astronomically over the last 30 years, outpacing the overall inflation rate and even another astronomically inflated sector, medical costs. Also in that time, the number of people attending college has risen quickly – up nearly 140 percent in 40 years. By Jeff Rundles



 
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Erin Bird of the Denver Botanic Gardens, provides exciting information about the Gardens’ blockbuster Chihuly exhibition and fall and holiday events. 

Dr. Kenneth Weiner, CEO of Eating Recovery Center, talks about what made his company a 2014 Top Company winner.



 
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Just try reading about this year’s 25 Most Influential Young Professionals without a little envy and a lot of astonishment. Really, how did they come so far so fast? Take Rachel Scott: She’s marketing director for Quick Left, but she’s also a musician and elite athlete who founded the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project, the largest women’s cycling team in the nation and possibly the world. Paths to success haven’t always been paved or leisurely for these young professionals: Scott was the first in her family to graduate high school, let alone college. By Lisa Ryckman

 
"The beauty of Eating Recovery Center is that it’s a consummate example of doing good and doing well,” said Dr. Kenneth Weiner, co-founder and CEO of the Denver-based medical operation. By year’s end the company will operate 12 centers in four states, including five in Colorado. The company, founded in 2007, now employs around 600 workers, half in Colorado. “So we get to take care of people with serious eating disorders, save lives – and if we do it better than anyone else in the country, it’s a very successful business." By Mike Dano
 

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Even though the 1964 warning of a Triple Revolution registered little more than a tiny blip on the radar screen of history, computers have dramatically changed the jobs landscape as well as the skills required to perform those jobs. Today we are seeing many voice similar concerns about technological unemployment, where computers, robots, and machines are automating our jobs out of existence. In fact, some have gone so far as to call this the “robot jobs Armageddon.” So is this time truly different? By Tom Frey



 
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Dr. Kenneth Weiner, CEO of Eating Recovery Center, talks about what made his company a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more about Eating Recovery Center.
 

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods President David Sinkey talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more about Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.


 
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One of Peyton Manning’s great strengths is that he is very coachable. Why does Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play football, need a coach? Because like all professional and college athletes as well as entrepreneurs, executives and salespeople, coaching makes him better. A coach’s job is to challenge, stretch, support, hold accountable, reward and celebrate those they coach. Manning actually has three coaches: a head coach; an offensive coach; and a quarterbacks coach. From all accounts, he and Adam Gase, who is currently the offensive coordinator and was previously the quarterbacks’ coach have a great coaching relationship. By TC North

 
If you want to understand how an accelerator program works from the inside or are considering applying to an accelerator, this is the book for you. Luke Deering interviewed 150 entrepreneurs who have been through a variety of accelerator programs to get their insights. He originally did this as a Kickstarter campaign which I supported and wrote the foreword for. When I saw the Kickstarter version, I asked if we could add to it, edit it and publish it via FG Press. It’s out, and it has feedback from entrepreneurs who have gone through accelerators all over the world. By Brad Feld
 

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I first went to Honduras in 1999. There I met Tony Stone, an American who grew up in Honduras. He had quit his engineering job in the U.S. and gone back to start a micro-credit organization in Honduras, The Adelante Foundation. It lends money (the first loan is $50 to $100 U.S.) to the very poor. It helps start businesses and ideally, they make profits and repay the loan over time, which Adelante then redistributes to other borrowers.Since then, my wife and I have been going to Honduras for 15 years. By Pat Wiesner



 
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Colorado Enterprise Fund CEO Ceyl Prinster talks about why her organization was a Top Company 2014 winner. Read more about the Colorado Enterprise Fund. 


 
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Although Coloradans wear “hiking a fourteener’ like a badge of honor, it is in fact not a requirement to maintaining residency. What kept me scrambling up jagged rocks to the 14,368-foot summit was the fact that it was my idea. This got me thinking about work. You know when the boss assigns you a project but never lays out the “WIIFM”?   You complete the task silently wondering: Why are we doing this?  How does this benefit our company?  How will my contribution to this project actually move the needle?  And finally Whose idea was this anyway?! By Laura Cook Newman

 
Cyber incursions often pursue client information held by a partner company as a way to take business and undercut client confidence in a partner company holding the information. Cyber criminals can pretend to be a trusted source at the partner company and gather more information. Law firms are examples of businesses that hold a large amount of important client data. It's a good lesson to extend system security to cover client information and also to make certain other companies protect your data with equal vigilance. All of these cyber threats can be damaging, and some can result in cyber ransom, which has been on the rise. By Charles Tendell
 

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Eric Wallace’s love of craft beer began while living in Germany, where his father was in the Air Force. After graduating from the Air Force Academy himself and being stationed in Northern Italy and Turkey, Wallace settled in Colorado, where in 1993 he co-founded Left Hand Brewing Co. Starting as a home brewery in a condo in Niwot, it has become the 38th largest craft brewery by volume in the nation. By Lynn Bronikowski



 
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In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that taping television shows at home on VCRs does not violate copyright law, Ma Bell broke up, the USSR boycotted the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and Detroit took home its most recent World Series win. Another 1984 monumental moment was, for us, opening the first Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta. Thirty years is a reason for both great celebration and reflection. When we look back at our early years, we realize that we are indebted to many. We also realize that there is no substitute for experience. By Tim Dodge

 
In today’s market, organizations of all sizes are finding that outsourcing various aspects of their business can be a valuable and cost-effective strategy. The outsourcing of accounting functions in particular can be a good strategy to cut costs, maximize profitability and accurately budget and staff your business. Outsourced accounting solutions are almost always unique to each organization and must be tailored with the organization’s success in mind. The functions that can be outsourced are critical for any business operations, but they are good candidates for outsourcing because it isn’t always cost-effective to have experts on staff who can manage each of these areas. By Greg Osborn
 

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Cloud Elements cuts the time required to integrate cloud-based apps with a suite of “elements” ranging from Salesforce and Sendgrid, to Dropbox and Zendesk. “We connect apps to the cloud, both mobile and SaaS, at a fraction of the cost and time,” says Geene. “Our special sauce is you write to a single API.”The company helps developers integrate more than 20 cloud-based services, and he expects that number to roughly double by year’s end. By Eric Peterson



 
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Boulder Creek Neighborhoods President David Sinkey talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more about Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.


 
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Many would argue that our visionary leaders have gone missing, leaving us with bosses and bottom line managers at the helm of our organizations. If it’s true that great leaders are not born but made, how do we go about making them to fill this gap? Warren Bennis said, “The process of becoming a leader is similar, if not identical, to becoming a fully integrated human being.” Both are “grounded in self-discovery.” I’m not sure that any of us can achieve “fully integrated human being” status, but certainly those who spend a lifetime working towards it make better leaders. What defines a great leader? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods kept its focus this year, and that helped the home builder double revenues and add staff. That focus was on building what it calls “lock and leave” homes, for the demographic of active adult empty nesters. That’s a growing audience for the Louisville-based company. Baby boomers, famously, do not want what their parents did. While “silent generation” homeowners wanted to live their final years in their large, memory-filled houses, the 60-somethings of today are ready to exit their houses, not to mention their lawns. By Nora Caley
 

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As I told a businessman who said he only had time to pay attention to one statistic, the single most important piece of economic data is the employment figure. The United States economy added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth consecutive month of gains exceeding 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, continuing a decline that began in November 2009.  Clearly the economy is improving on the job front. But, is there more to the story? By Tucker Hart Adams



 
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Boulder Creek Neighborhoods President David Sinkey talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company winner. Read more about Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.

Social marketing experts talk about the revolution in customer engagement. 



 
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Make no mistake, the basis for business is to make money. That hasn’t changed since the dawn of capitalism. But increasingly, companies that rise to the top have been driven by something more: a greater purpose — whether it’s providing jobs, improving lives, protecting the environment, fostering stronger human connections or some alternative higher aim — and the money has followed. That much was evident from the nominations submitted for ColoradoBiz magazine’s 27th annual Top Company Awards, the most competitive and rigorous program of its kind. By Gigi Sukin

 
To protect your business from potential fraud, there are many aspects of internal controls to consider, including how you manage cash receipts, checks, electronic transfers, and invoices. Your bank or financial institution can help, and there are some strategies that should be considered by you as a business owner and your senior executives. What you say about these controls, and the actions you take, will help to develop and emphasize a company culture that values ethical financial management. Here are additional details to help you review and strengthen internal controls. By Rodney Rice
 

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Once upon a time, the ability to tell a good story was merely a handy skill for entertaining friends, clients and coworkers.  Now experts are recognizing that storytelling is also a powerful sales tool for differentiating yourself from your competition and driving home your value proposition in a compelling and memorable way. Showing your message, solution or results in action and letting your prospect reach the desired conclusion will often have much greater lasting power than hitting them over the head with a list of facts. By Julie Hansen



 
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Cyber Monday -- the Monday after Thanksgiving -- is arguably the biggest sales day of the year for many eCommerce sites. The last thing a businesses owner wants is for their site to crash during Cyber Monday, costing them potential revenue. Despite Cyber Monday still being months away, eCommerce sites should start preparations now to ensure their website visitors don’t get frustrated due to slow wait times or an unavailable site. When evaluating your site’s key performance data, there are three metrics that are of particular value for eCommerce sites. By Celesta Howe

 
Not many companies can boast the growth Boulder B-Cycle has shown since starting in 2011. Marketing communications manager Kevin Bell says the system originated with 12 stations and will be up to 38 this year. B-Cycle digitally tracks its members and 150 bikes. About half of users are annual members, Bell says, while the others are primarily tourists or casual users. “One of our expansions will focus on transit hubs,” Bell says, explaining that the organization is financed from user fees, sponsorships and grants. Putting bikes in residential areas encourages people to pick up a bike and ride to hubs. By Maria Martin & Nora Caley
 

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So let’s say there is a skills gap in your company. If budgets allow, your first inclination might be to hire someone from outside the company to close that gap. After all, there are some people who know how to look great on paper, and a stunning resume can make any company leader salivate over the potential of hiring a “rock star” employee. While that philosophy works in certain situations, new research suggests promoting an in-house employee may actually perform better than hiring an external candidate. By Derek Murphy



 
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An expert looks at research about getting your brand positioned for growth using new technology.